On this day, exactly 14 years ago (May 14, 2002), Eminem released “Without Me” as a lead single of his classic album, The Eminem Show.
“Without Me” is one of Eminem’s most successful singles, reaching number two in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and number one in 23 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand for 7 weeks.
“Without Me” was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 2003 (losing to Norah Jones’ song “Don’t Know Why”), being Eminem’s first song to receive a Grammy nomination in a major category. It also received a nomination for Best Male Rap Solo Performance but lost that award as well to the song “Hot in Herre” by rapper Nelly.
In 2009, the song was honored by Pitchfork Media as the 251st greatest song of the 2000s and it was the 69th best-selling single of the 2000s in United Kingdom.
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